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In these stand-alone retellings of popular and obscure fairy tales, adult characters navigate the deep woods of the modern landscape to find their Happily Ever Afters. The short fairy tales: The Girl Who Watched For Elves, The Girl Who Dreamed of Red Shoes, and The Girl Who Couldn’t Sing are a prelude to the collection.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Which Beautiful Beautiful Cover Do You Like Best? PLEASE VOTE!!!!!!

Recently, Author and Cover Designer, J. Gordon Smith has been helping us with our cover concepts. (You can check out all of John's books here! He currently has a fantasy, vampire, and NA series available.) As many of you know, my husband designs the covers of my books. He's a fine artist and has worked hard to learn graphic arts. However, there is a lot to learn! One cover we've particularly struggled with is Beautiful Beautiful. So John was generous enough to develop a couple of draft covers. But it's been hard (impossible!) to choose the best one. Would you please take a look at them, and vote in the poll at the bottom of this post?

Thank you for helping out!

About Beautiful Beautiful:

Every night, Kerrin tells her daughter a fairy tale. Mirabella's favorite is "Beauty Beauty"--the story of when her mother met her father. As Kerrin spins the tale wrapped around the most dark and equally light, period in her life, she considers these questions:

What is beauty? When is it nourishing... and when is it treacherous?

Indie-film director, Kerrin Mayham is the frontrunner for the Golden Pinnacle's "Director of the Year." Winning means generous financial backing for her next project, and the most beautiful men in the industry competing for the leading role. The opportunity Kerrin has sacrificed to achieve is within reach. So are her personal demons.

The novella is a retelling of the Hans Christian Andersen tale "Beautiful."(Adult language & situations, no explicit sex)

Which Beautiful Beautiful cover do you prefer?
A. The man with the girl
B. The cutaway of the man
C. The man only
Poll Maker


  1. So many awesome choices! I'll admit I like the middle one best, but I can totally see why it's a hard choice!

  2. I wondered if the one with the girl was interesting, since the narrative frame is the mother telling the daughter a fairytale, but so far, the one you chose is the most popular:)

  3. Definitely the middle one. Good luck!

    1. Amber, Sometimes after you stare at these things for so long, you lose perspective, so it's great to get another opinion! Thank you for your feedback. Looks like the middle one is winning:) Heidi

  4. Sorry I'm late getting here, but I like the middle one the best too! Something about it pleases me the most visiually, hands down. Though not gonna lie, that guy's face makes me happy too. ;)

    1. Leandra, thanks so much for stopping by! I agree about the "visually pleasing." I think we're definitely going to go with the middle one:) Heidi

  5. I was torn between the 2nd and 3rd but decided that this young man was far too handsome to chop his head off! ;-)

    1. haha! There seemed to be some mixed feelings about that:D thank you for stopping by and voting!